Prue Allen

About Prue Allen

Prue grew up in Melbourne, completed a Masters of International Relations in Queensland and is now happy to call Phnom Penh home. Currently she is one of WhyDev’s inaugural Fellows, working with SHE Investments, a social enterprise dedicated to women's empowerment. Prue is a passionate advocate for gender equality and is interested in learning more about the connection between women and peace-building. She believes life is a balance, particularly between her love of hiking and her fear of snakes.

Concerning Human Rights Trends In Asia

Despite experiencing rapid development, a review of human rights and the strength of democracy in the Asian region yields increasingly dismal results. Growth and progress, whilst commendable, have prioritised economics over people, failing to protect human rights and fundamental freedoms. Extrajudicial killings, modern slavery and repressed civil society are alarmingly […]

Philippines Ceasefire Short-lived

President Rodrigo Duterte withdrew a unilateral ceasefire with communist rebels on Saturday July 30, with peace remaining tenuous in the southern Philippines. Duterte had announced the truce just days earlier, however, moved to end the ceasefire following an attack in the southern province of Davao del Norte by the rebels. […]

Slaying of Political Analyst Stirs Tensions in Cambodia

  Tensions remain high in the capital Phnom Penh after the fatal shooting of a prominent political analyst in broad daylight on the morning of July 10. The killing of Kem Ley, a widely popular political commentator and founder of the fledgling Grassroots Democracy Party was met with scenes of […]

Ramifications Of The Dhaka Café Seige

The deadly Dhaka café siege that occurred earlier this month has justified the anxiety that many have been feeling over the waves of attacks that have been sweeping across Bangladesh as of late. The country has seen a rising tide of violence against both foreigners and locals, from bloggers to […]

What’s in a Name? European Union Won’t Use “Rohingya” Either

In a further blow to Myanmar’s persecuted minority, the European Union (EU) has indicated it will avoid using the term “Rohingya”. Citing the need to give Myanmar “space” to deal with human rights abuses, the EU affirmed that it would respect the call by Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi to […]

ASEAN Rebukes, And Then Retracts On South China Sea Issue

  Foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries issued a strongly worded statement on rising tensions in the South China Sea this week, only to retract it just hours later. Whilst the communique did not mention China specifically, it did appear to rebuke Beijing over […]

Philippines’ Duterte Sets Ominous Tone For Impending Presidency

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has already proved true to controversial form, drawing condemnation for comments made in regards to murdered journalists in the Philippines. On Monday, two United Nations Independent Experts released a damning statement against Duterte’s comments, made at a press conference on May 31. The statement called on Duterte […]

Reconciling Cambodia’s Past: Peace Is More Than the Absence of War

Today, the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) continues to leverage a modicum of legitimacy from it’s claim to have cast out the Khmer Rouge and brought peace, security and economic growth to a war-ravaged country. However, whilst last December marked thirty-seven years since the end of the brutal reign of […]

Political Turmoil Brewing In Thailand

Sunday, May 22nd marked both the two-year anniversary of Thailand’s military coup and the beginning of a new era of instability and insecurity. The ruling National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), led by Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, has failed to reconcile Thai society and create a stable political order. […]